Orange Beef with Noodles is another family favourite slow cooker dish, perfect for hot summer days when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen. Slow cookers generate so little heat, and warm, spicy dishes can be incredibly cooling. (Think of all the curries that are served in the hot places around the world.) This dish is delicious with an ice cold beer, and perfect for one of those days when you would rather be out enjoying yourself. It’s also mild enough to be kid-friendly (minus the beer of course!). And in the autumn and winter this dish comes into its own, filling the kitchen with delicious smells and hungry tummies with deliciousness.
The noodles for this dish take next to no time to cook (most Chinese noodles, or fine egg noodles, cook in only 2 or 3 minutes) so there is only a tiny bit of heat in the kitchen towards the end of the cooking time. I have also used pre-cooked noodles in this dish, adding them to the slow cooker ten to fifteen minutes before serving just to heat through, thus dispensing with the need to boil the noodles.
Come home after a fun day in the sun and enjoy a comforting and delicious dinner – my Orange Beef with Noodles.
Orange Beef with Noodles
Serves 6 – 8
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 large onion (or two red onions), peeled and finely sliced
2 pounds of cubed pasture raised chuck steak, braising steak or stewing beef
6 to 8 carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
2 generous tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
juice and grated rind of one orange
1 to 1½ cups beef stock
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup chopped scallions (spring onions) plus extra for garnish
You may need 1 tablespoon corn flour + about 1 tablespoon water
Layer the sliced onion over the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with the carrot sticks.
Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
Put the flour, ginger and ground pepper in a paper bag. Shake the cubes of beef in the bag (working in batches) until they are coated.
Again working in batches, gently brown the floured beef in the oil, adding it to the slow cooker as it is browned.
Mix the beef stock, juice and grated rind of the orange, soy sauce and minced garlic together in a small pitcher or bowl. Pour over the beef and vegetables in the slow cooker.
Cook the Orange Beef in your slow cooker according to the directions. Normally this would be for 9 – 11 hours on low or 5 – 7 hours on high.
Just before serving, add the half cup of scallions to the mixture in the slow cooker. If there seems to be too much liquid (slow cookers vary on this), mix 1 tablespoon of corn flour with just enough water to make a paste, and stir into the mixture in the slow cooker thoroughly. Put the lid back on and continue to cook while you prepare the noodles. (If using pre-cooked noodles, wait a couple of minutes for the corn flour to cook, and then add them to the mixture in the slow cooker. Stir through and cook for about five minutes so they can heat through.)
If using dried noodles, cook them in boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain the noodles and serve the Orange Beef over them.
Garnish with the reserved scallions.
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